Advice, Ideas & Planning – Page 23

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    Eight tips to futureproof your business during a crisis


    By Rachel Massey, Director of Marketing at Huthwaite International During troubling and unpredictable times, it’s natural for businesses, no matter what industry or sector, to feel anxious and unsure what the next steps should be. A crisis period can be daunting, but there are simple measures that businesses can stick ...

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    UK consumers splash out on luxury goods to get through Covid-19


    Consumers all across the world are comfort buying more luxury goods online to help them get them through the Covid-19 crisis, tech firm Emarsys reports. Consumers worldwide spent 57% more on luxury goods online last week year on year — with leather goods (for example handbags) and high-end trainers seeing ...

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    £160 million of emergency funding for people and organisations that make up our arts, museums and libraries


    The Arts Council for England is making £160 million of emergency funding available for those organisations and individuals that make up our arts, museums and libraries. They have also changed the funding requirements for individuals and organisations currently in receipt of our funding. Chief Executive of The Arts Council for ...

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    Furlough: What the updated guidance clarifies


    Since the original guidance on the Job Retention Scheme was released, it has undergone a review by the Government. The Scheme is based around placing employees on furlough and employers claiming 80% of wage costs to avoid lay off and redundancy. Clarification on some key areas is now available, in ...

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    The opportunities for small businesses in the era of cloud


    By Stephen Manley, Chief Technologist, Druva. The changing data landscape can be the equaliser for small businesses. After decades of watching larger organisations use larger IT budgets to gain a competitive advantage, cloud and SaaS have levelled the playing field. Cloud, however, creates new data protection challenges, and small businesses ...

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    Nailing working from home


    By Gate8 Luggage Migrating to fully working from home might be daunting, so we’ve tapped into our business community for practical tips on how to make it a success. Here are the top 5! Set up camp. The freedom to work from your bed or your kitchen ...

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    Leading the way through this crisis


    By Dominic Irvine, Founding Partner of Epiphanies LLP . Having listened in on several conference calls over the last couple of weeks with leaders wrestling with the challenge of keeping their business alive and their employees engaged I’ve learned a lot. I’ve learned of the pragmatic, practical things that really ...

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    How to stay motivated and inspired when working from home


    By Nimesh Shah, Marketing Director at Feel Good Contacts As we enter the third week of lockdown, the novelty of working from home has started to wear off. Without the re-assuring repetitiveness of your daily commute and the friendly banter from your team, you may be feeling down and demotivated ...

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    HR Directors say their organisation’s senior leadership team is not doing enough to address payroll problems


    More than a third (36%) of HR Directors (HRDs) believe their organisation’s senior leadership team is not doing enough to address the potential business impact of inaccurate, late and non-compliant payroll practices. According to the survey of 250 HRDs at large UK companies, conducted by Zellis , almost all (94%) ...

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    Happy news: BrewDog launch Lock Down Lager, the ultimate shower beer


    In 2007 James and Martin started BrewDog with a mission to make other people as passionate about great craft beer as they were. In an industrial estate in north east Scotland, BrewDog came howling into the world. Now, everyone has heard of BrewDog.

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    Mobility in the field: three vital considerations for keeping employees safe


    By Stefan Spendrup, Vice President of Sales Northern and Western Europe at SOTI. Under UK law, it’s an employer's duty to protect the health, safety and welfare of their employees and other people who might be affected by their business and do whatever is reasonably practicable to achieve this. For ...

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    37 per cent of businesses are planning to furlough between 75 to100 per cent of their workforce over the next week


    The British Chamber of Commerce's weekly tracker poll, which serves as a barometer of pandemic’s impact on businesses and the effectiveness of government support measures, received more than 1,000 responses and is the largest independent survey of its kind in the UK. This week's poll reveals that 37 per cent ...

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    57 per cent of firms have three months cash in reserve or less


    The British Chamber of Commerce's weekly tracker poll , which serve s as a barometer of pandemic’s impact on businesses and the effectiveness of government support measures, received more than 1,000 responses and is the largest independent survey of its kind in the UK. The ...

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    Almost 2,000 people in clinical trials says the government’s chief scientific adviser


    By Michael Baxter, Fresh Business Thinking Latest government press briefing gives details on clinician trials and also gives a hint of promising news on new Covid-19 infections. There “hasn’t been an accelerated takeoff in hospital admissions,” said Sir Patrick Vallance, the Chief scientific adviser at today’s government press briefing. Sir ...

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    Calls to stop travel businesses being pushed into bankruptcy and the UK taxpayer picking up an estimated £4.5billion bill for customer refunds


    Following a week where many national governments across Europe have acted to introduce temporary changes to rules that govern holiday refunds, ABTA – The Travel Association is urging the UK Government to do the same, to stop travel businesses being pushed into bankruptcy and the UK taxpayer picking up an ...

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    Smaller suppliers need the support of big business like never before


    By Daniel Todaro, Managing Director, Gekko Small British businesses are facing an existential crisis like never before on the back of COVID 19. Recessions bite slowly and in those circumstances small businesses can see and plan for every eventuality across sales, cashflow, headcount etc, but this virus has hit us ...

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    Prioritising the wellbeing of your furloughed staff


    By Tahirih McLaren-Brown, Mental Wellbeing Coach . Having to furlough staff is not something that has ever crossed our minds before or even a word many of us were familiar with. It definitely wasn’t how we saw 2020 playing out for our companies. This pandemic has been a complete shock ...

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    Job Retention Scheme: Questions & Answers


    How is the 80% cost of employment calculated? Is this gross/net pay? It is gross pay and businesses “will receive a grant from HMRC to cover the lower of 80% of an employee’s regular wage or £2,500 per month, plus the associated Employer National Insurance contributions and minimum automatic enrolment ...

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    King’s College London pioneers symptom reporting App to slow spread of COVID-19


    Around 5,000 twins and their families across the UK have been recruited from the TwinsUK cohort study to trial the app, which tracks in real-time how the disease progresses. The aim of the app is to help slow the outbreak, by helping researchers identify: How fast the virus ...

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    Global competition to find the next big ideas in retail


    COVID-19 has caused thousands of entrepreneurs to put their businesses on hold. Today, Appear Here have re-opened their competition, space for ideas in an effort to support businesses through this and giving them the opportunity to kickstart their business when the crisis ends. 2019's UK winner was rising menswear designer, ...